REFUGEE WEEK 2019 – Iraqi poet Ahmed Khaleel talks about the ways in which Arab poets are responding to disappointed hopes of change, the impact of the wars in Syria and Iraq on Arabic literature and on his own poetry. Nine years after the ‘Arab Spring’, much of the Middle East is disfigured by war, authoritarian governments, fundamentalism, sectarian violence, proxy wars and the most serious refugee crisis since 1945.
Ahmed has taught at universities in Iraq and Syria. He worked for many years in Iraq and Syria with local and international NGOs in the fields of human rights, anti-corruption, reconciliation and social coexistence, aid, relief and rehabilitation. Forced to leave Iraq in 2006 after receiving death threats, he moved to Syria for two years. He was later kidnapped in Baghdad while working for UNICEF and CARA with children with special needs.
Ahmed now lives with his wife and children in North Yorkshire, and teaches at the University of York.
7:30pm, Thursday 20 June 2019, at Thorpe Prebend House, High St Agnesgate, Ripon.
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